DARLINGTON's MP has urged the Government to further boost transport links in the town.

Speaking at debate in Parliament, Peter Gibson pushed the Transport Minister to invest in the region’s road infrastructure to improve connectivity, highlighting the importance of connectivity to the region’s economy and culture.

The Westminster Hall debate centred upon the A68, which connects Darlington with Edinburgh over 128 miles.

Mr Gibson used his speech to make the case for the Northern Bypass – connecting the A66 with Junction 57 of the A1 – a campaign, which he has championed since his election in December 2019.

Beginning his speech, Mr Gibson highlighted the issues that his constituents currently faced in Darlington: “This missing section causes traffic to snake through residential parts of North Darlington like Whinfield and Harrowgate Hill, causing congestion and emissions," he said.

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Mr Gibson said he strongly believes that his “campaign, for this long overdue piece of infrastructure is essential to the success of the County Durham economy, its connectivity, and will be key to access to our new free port located throughout the Tees valley.”

"As we build back better, seeking to cut congestion and the consequent waste emissions these road improvements must be central to our recovery," he added.

"This new road will cut gridlock and the nightmare that this has caused my constituents in Darlington.”